Good monitor for Design 2018

almost 4 years ago from Lucian .es, Product Designer

  • Marc EdwardsMarc Edwards, almost 4 years ago

    The LG 27UD88-W is 3840×2160 pixels and 27-inches, so that’s 163.18 PPI (pixels per inch).

    160PPI is a pretty bad density. It’s not enough to be Retina (~220PPI), and it’s not non-Retina either (~110PPI). I’d avoid that display, because you’ll likely have to run it scaled, and that means you’re not seeing 1:1 pixels (blurry, worse performance, other issues).

    I think there’s a few good options:

    • Wait for Apple’s new 2018 display (which means no HDMI).
    • Get a non-Retina (~110PPI) display.
    • Wait for other displays to be Retina res at 27-inches (5120×2880 pixels).

    More thoughts here: https://bjango.com/articles/macexternaldisplays/

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    • Chris MartinChris Martin, almost 4 years ago

      I was is the same boat, needed something to connect to my MBP 2017 but also wanted to ability to use it for casual gaming. I ended up going with the Dell P2715Q and bought a USB-C to Display Port cable from Ebay.

      As Marc's article points out, it's in the "bad zone" for PPI (163.2) but if you stick with the non-scaled settings in OSX it's pretty hard to tell. I find the highest resolution is a a bit small, but when designing I'm mostly zoomed in anyway so it's not a big deal. On the flip side, the lower non-scaled resolution is a bit big.

      I wasn't able to find a perfect monitor for both design and gaming, but the Dell comes close enough.

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    • Lucian .esLucian .es, almost 4 years ago

      Thanks so much for your comment and link ;) Super helpful

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